Merle joined our department in August, 2010. He teaches undergraduate courses in occupational safety and health and graduate courses in industrial hygiene. Merle possesses a bachelor’s degree in health science from BYU-Idaho and a master’s degree in industrial hygiene from the University of Michigan. He earned a Ph.D. in environmental health science also through the University of Michigan. Merle’s research experience includes environmental epidemiology, reproductive health and exposure assessment. He also has industrial hygiene experience in the petroleum and healthcare industries.
Merle is married to Andria Benedict, a Montana native, and they have wonderful little boy, Max. Merle spends as much time as he can with his family and is currently serving as a Scoutmaster for a local Boy Scout troop.